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Materials and devices


Problem and solution

In the past, strabismus (a disease that affects 3% of the population) had a highly subjective diagnostic system that depended heavily on the specialist. This measuring system was so subjective that it caused second operations to definitively correct strabismus. 

BCN Innova, a spin-off company of SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, has developed a device (GazeLab) that substantially improves the diagnosis and treatment of strabismus. Today, the number of second operations performed to achieve the expected outcome has been reduced. 

The main benefits are: 

  • GazeLab allows for an objective examination with revolutionary precision that exceeds the prevailing model of subjective measurements conducted up to the present.
  • It reduces the number of second operations by 50%, which are unnecessary surgeries.

Current status

  • Company founded (2009): BCN Innova.
  • Worldwide patent.
  • Marketed since 2013.


Internal innovation (Dr. Joan Prat Bartomeu, Head of the Ophthalmology Department).

BCN Innova and GazeLab Introduction

3D printing 

Problem and solution

3D printing has revolutionised production systems by creating finished products created at the point of demand. This factor, along with innovations in materials, modelling technologies and 3D image capture technologies, will allow healthcare products to be tailored to the needs of patients and professionals. 

In 2016, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital began working with 3D printing technologies and additive manufacturing for the simulation and planning of complex surgeries in four areas mainly: Orthognathic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthopedic and Traumatological Surgery, Plastic Surgery for the reconstruction of auricular pavilion in patients with microtia and oncological surgery.

During these years, surgeries have been performed, some of which are complex, mostly with satisfactory results. Four of these cases of high complexity have been in Oncological Surgery, where 3D modeling is more difficult than in the other cases due to the fact of working with soft tissues. For this reason, it is one of the least developed fields in the surgical world and in which the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, in collaboration with Fundació CIM-UPC BarcelonaTECH, is a pioneer.

The Hospital is working in new fields of application, especially in the field of rehabilitation.

Current status

Implemented in 2017 at the Hospital as a 3D Unit associated with the Surgery and Image Diagnostic Service.


Internal innovation (Dr. Lucas Krauel Giménez-Salinas, Paediatric Surgery Department) in collaboration with Fundació CIM/UPC BarcelonaTECH.

3D printing applied to tumour removal (in Spanish)


Problem and solution

Drip stands are infusion support systems that are used daily among hospitalised patients. In 2009, Guillermo Puche, a nurse at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, noticed that hospitalised children were getting on the drip stand to move about the hospital, although the product was not prepared for this purpose. From this observation was born the first internal innovation idea at the Hospital: to create a paediatric drip stand with a platform for patients to move about safely. 

Pal-Joc is a drip stand (or drip pole) and a toy that lets children play while they receive medication and move about safely as if the drip stand were a scooter.

Current status

  • Marketed since 2012.
  • Museu del Disseny exhibition (2014). 


First internal innovation (Guillermo Puche), carried out in collaboration with the Escola de la Llotja, IDOM engineering and the Spanish Toy Safety Agency (AIJU). 

Ergonomic backpacks

Problem and solution

In 2010, Miquelrius contacted SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital to find a solution to the growing concern for back pain in children and adolescents due to, among other factors, the excess weight and improper use of backpacks. 

The vast majority of children wear backpacks to go to school. These backpacks are often loaded with books, breakfast, clothing and other materials to the point that they exceed the weight recommended by physicians (up to 10% / 15% of the body weight of the person transporting it). It is estimated that 10% of children under 10 years of age and more than 50% of adolescents have back pain.

Miquelrius, in collaboration with professionals from SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, developed an ergonomic backpack designed to conform to the anatomy of a child and reduce the impact of the weight loaded. This backpack is available in designs by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Kukuxumusu, Jordi Labanda and Bultaco. 

Current status

Marketed since 2011.


External innovation (co-innovation between Miquelrius and the Hospital).

Miquelrius ergonomic backpack

Tumour cell collector

Problem and solution

Obtaining glial tumour samples used to always be a manual procedure in which the surgeon biopsied the tumour using forceps, then stored the sample of biopsied material in a container for subsequent analysis by the pathologist. While that continues to be the standard procedure for glial tumors, for the non-glial there are devices that facilitate sample collection such as a cystoscope and suction needles.  

In 2008, a doctor at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and VecMedical jointly developed a tumour cell collector, a medical device capable of being fitted to a surgical aspirator and collecting all the tumour material aspirated during surgical interventions, separating it from other aspirated fluids.

The tumour collector has a sealing system to store the tumour safely until it is released for analysis by the pathologist.

Current status

  • Patented (2008 application).
  • Patent licenced to Janus Development in 2011.
  • Marketed since 2011.


Internal innovation (Dr. Ioannis Roussos, surgeon from the Neurosurgery Department).